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June 28, 2020

Since Ari Armstrong has unfriended me and not allowed me to respond to the allegations that I am an uncaring monster, I have no choice but to make my response clear here. Ari's post had to do with police reform and police violence.

Ari was a friend of mine when I went t...

December 18, 2018


I had the opportunity to steal a few moments from the incredible author of the YA book Sophie, and now the CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute, Tal Tsfany. 

We talked about his book Sophie and why young people need heroes in their lives. We talked about art, romanticism, and...

December 13, 2018


Patrick is partner at Just Add Firewater and co-founder/president of Taliesun Nexus

Patrick is working to change the culture. Today we talked about how to do that and why literary art is essential to that end.

December 12, 2018

On this episode I have the world famous doctor of all things comedy and Youtube star Rucka Rucka ALI! His parody videos get millions of views on youtube. Make sure to watch his video on The History of Philosophy!

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December 8, 2018


On this episode we take a detour from the four Hawthorne Sci-Fi stories to explore a critical symbol in literature and science fiction: the Butterfly. That's right, the butterfly.

I'll be telling you the myth of Cupid and Psyche and reading the poem "Ode to Psyche" B...

November 12, 2018

The podcast is broken into three parts. You can skip ahead to the reading of the today's short story, or you can skip the short story and go to the discussion:

1) Introduction to Science Fiction and Hawthorne

2) A reading of Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

3) Discussion of Sto...

October 31, 2018

Often to understand poetry, it helps to compare two poems of a similar subject. On this episode I will be comparing a new poet to an old one. 

The new: Jeremiah Cobra is a writer and poet living in Souther California. He recently published his first book of short stor...

October 24, 2018


If we've ever had a conversation, or if you've ever heard me have a conversation, you may notice that I will not accept as an argument a "study" you cite. I've even been made fun of for saying that I don't trust "stats."

The reason for this is simple. Statistics and...

September 28, 2018

Senator Chris Coons had an interesting statement during the Kavanaugh hearings. He said we were a nation of pain. I think he is correct. Worse, rather than being out in the open, there is an undercurrent of pain. The #metoo movement has been a valve opening up the floo...

August 31, 2018

Dan is that unusual creature, the C-level exec who loves poetry. Or, perhaps he is not. Perhaps, there are many more individuals in corporate jobs who spend their evenings amongst great poets and scholars.

We tend to think of life as having a series of crossroads: go do...

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